FAR OUT AT SEA an Air Force plane crashes. Search planes head over the area, and the survivors are spotted in the water. Then an amazing series of electronic miracles begins. From the rescue plane drops a lifeboat shaped like a fat cigar. A stabilizing fin on the stern keeps it level until a parachute opens.
I once caught an air-conditioner thiiis big. G.E. Heat Pump A far cry from old-time heating methods is the G.E. packaged heat pump that either heats or cools house
THE GRANDPAPPY of all government services to become known by initials is R. F. D. which, everybody knows, stand for Rural Free Delivery. It began in West Virginia in 1896 as an experiment by the Postmaster General, and in one year expanded to 29 states. Today there are over 32,500 routes which serve 8,192,545 families.
IMPROVISED IN COMBAT, flame-throwing units dropped from the air were quickly effective in driving Communists from underground bunkers, caves and connecting tunnels in Korea. Maj. Clair L. George of the Second Infantry Division designed the airlift attachment when it proved impossible for foot soldiers to pack the heavy, bulky weapon into rugged mountain passes and retreats. An additional advantage of the airborne flame throwers is that they can be brought to bear against the target more quickly.
Turntable Eases Garaging Now Frank Enos of Sausalito, Calif., just presses a button to solve what had been a difficult problem. He lives on the side of a hill, with a garage 30 feet below the level of the road and at the end of a 150-foot driveway. Backing up the hill on wet mornings [...]
Electric Wrist Watch You never wind the mainspring of an amazing new wrist watch because it has noneâ€”it is powered by a tiny electric motor. No larger than a conventional wrist watch, the electric timepiece runs a year on a tiny battery which has less volume than a penny. The battery is designed so it [...]
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Retired Sailor Builds Cars For Handicapped Veterans Using surplus airplane parts almost exclusively, a retired Navy chief petty officer builds oversize motor scooters for handicapped veterans. Also built into the compact vehicle are small power tools such as a jeweler’s lathe, a key-duplicating machine, a knife-sharpening outfit and a shoe-repair kit so the veteran can [...]
Furniture Calculator Suspends Person in Mid-Air to Determine Contours With a simple rig that suspends a person in mid-air, furniture designers can tailor-make a chair to fit the exact body contours of the subject. Rudolph Jegrt, an art instructor in Milwaukee, Wis., invented the contour delineator, which consists of two panels of steel mesh and [...]
COME TIME AGO a businessman named A. G. Dezendorf gazed at the Washington Monument while calculations tumbled through his mind. The monument, he knew, was 55-1/2 feet square at the base and 555 feet high. Its lower 400 feet. Dezendorf calculated, contained enough space to park 648 automobiles.
Otherwise known as a Tippe Top, it’s really something to watch. Mystery Top How does it work? A mysterious top, spun on a smooth surface in the ordinary manner, spins normally for a few seconds, then rolls over and continues to spin on its stem. Eventually, as it “runs down,” the plastic top rolls over [...]
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Atomic-Pile Heat Warms Buildings From an atomic “furnace” that will need “stoking” only once in 30 years, British engineers are taking heat to warm the radiators of 80 offices. The experimental atomic pile is located at Harwell, Britain’s atomic-research station. About 180,-000 cubic feet of air per minute are used in cooling the pile, and [...]
Breakable Hans Helps Air Force Fractures of Hans’ “almost human” bones are expected to save Air Force pilots from similar injuries. Built around a metal, rubber, nylon and ball-joint spinal column, Hans is a dummy the Research and Development Command made to simulate the human body in a series of drop, crash impact, deceleration and [...]